University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Working with Children and Families (Top up)

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Course summary

TEF Bronze

University of Cumbria has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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If you're looking to start a career working with children and their families, then why not top up your degree to specialise in the field? Designed for students who already have an FdA or HND (level 5), this programme will allow you to boost your qualifications to bachelor's degree level. You'll gain a firm foundation in child development, law, ethics and safeguarding children, debating the contemporary issues surrounding challenges to children. The programme will develop the knowledge and skills you need for a career across a range of professional areas, or for entry into further postgraduate study. Why Choose University of Cumbria

  • Integrated working - The programme has a cross cutting theme of interdisciplinary work and offers opportunities for interprofessional study, reflecting changes in the youth and community work sector.
  • Applied course and assessments – The course features a high number of applied tasks and assessments such as report writing, designing curriculum packs, evaluating services, ensuring that you have all the practical skills you need to go out into the field.
  • Highly skilled tutors with strong links in the field – our tutors are all experienced practitioners and highly skilled researchers. We have links with over 100 children’s workforce organisations across the region and international relationships too. This ensures that your programme is informed by recent practice.
  • Enriched learning - In addition to our experienced tutors, you'll learn from a range of visiting speakers, monthly seminars, annual conferences and termly fieldwork supervisor events
  • Fresh research - Our tutors are active researchers, exploring areas such as empowerment and agency, gender and identity in young children and interpersonal violence - which means your studies will be informed by the latest research
These benefits mean that you will graduate with confidence in your ability to work, manage and lead youth and community organisations and services across the UK. Graduate destinations The children’s workforce is a wide sector including:
  • early years
  • education
  • social care
  • health and wellbeing
  • sport and culture
  • youth work
  • community work
  • crime and justice.
Within each of these sectors there are employers who provide statutory services, voluntary and charitable services and private services. This provides you with a wide range of employment options for graduates. Recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of these organisations as front line staff and project managers. We also know that many students wish to progress into an accredited professional route after qualifying. Many of our graduates have progressed on to masters study in social work, youth work, teaching, counselling and psychology. Because of the complexity of progression routes and options, we've created a bespoke module in semester two where you can review and plan your career options.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted

Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma or Diploma in Higher Education in a relevant subject. English Language GCSE grade C/4 or above

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Working with Children and Families (Top up) at University of Cumbria - UCAS